Hanol - Mahasu Devta Temple, Chakrata
Major attractions in Chakrata
Chakrata Travel Guide
Hanol is a renowned place in Chakarta and is named after a Brahmin Huna Bhatt. The village is
located along the banks of Tons river and is surrounded by lush green hills that dole out scenic
views of extensive and sprawling beauty of Chakarta that attracts many people from different
places. Hanol is mainly famous for Mahasu Devta Temple. Many people come here to offer
their prayers and seek blessings of the deity. The temple is 190 kms away from Dehradun and
around 156kms away from Mussoorie.
Hanol Mahasu Devta Temple
Hanol Mahasu Temple is located at Tuni Mori road at Hanol. The residing deity of the temple is Mahasu devta. The holy shrine was built back in 9th century and is major point of worship for people in Hanol. The architecture of the temple resembles to that of Huna style and Archaeological Survey of India has this place of worship in the list of oldest shrines of the state.
The story behind the holy place of worship goes like this that in order to combat the demon, Kirmir, a Brahmin named Hanu Bhatt worshipped the Lord Shiva and Shakti. God and Goddess were pleased by the prayers of the Brahmin and sent four brothers to him along with a huge army to win over the demon and it happened eventually. The locales then started praising and worshipping the four Mahasu brothers- Botha, Vasik, Pavasi, Chalda. The temple of Botha is the main shrine that is built in Hanol.
Mahasu devta is regarded as the God of Justice and was highly preached by the local people in Hanol.
Festival & Fair of Mahasu Devta
Shaant is a festival that was held at Hanol at the principal seat of Mahasu Devta 22nd May 2004 to 26th May 2004. Mainly three types of ceremonies takes place here at the temple namely, Khura shau, Munda Shau and Singhaan Shau. In these ceremonies, animal sacrifices are made to please the Devta and these rituals have been continuing since ages. But in contradiction to the sacrificial rituals, the Purohits have decided to stop the processions and instead allow the entry of ladies that was earlier disallowed.
Now, Mahasu Devta fair is conducted each year in the month of August every year. The fair continues for three days and night. Devotees from distance places arrive to attend the fair.
For comfortable stay at Hanol, tourists can stop by at GMVN guest house that is located at Hanol. The rooms are well-equipped with basic amenities and offer peaceful ambience.
How to Reach Hanol Chakrata
Hanol is situated 100kms away from Chakarta. Tourists in order to reach at the temple can either hire a taxi or can take a bus.
1. Nearest Railway Station- Dehradun Railway Station (181 kms)
2. Nearest Airport Facility- Jolly Grant Airport (207kms)